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Week of April 14


Pre-register now for the next SafeTALK Workshop on suicide prevention. 5:30-8:45pm April 23rd at the LTBB Community Center-Harbor Springs. Free. Learn the suicide alertness skills and steps to create a life-saving connection. MUST PRE-Register. Info: 231-675-5047


Registration is open for the Bayshore Kids Marathon, a new 1.2 mile fun run on race day for the annual Bayshore Marathon May 25th. The event is for boys and girls in grades K-5, and includes an official event t-shirt and a colorful medal for finishers. The cost for this kid’s-only event is $10. Registration closed May 1st. Info: 231-645-0903


April 16..Taste of Gaylord “Under the Big Top” 5:30-8pm – Treetops Resort. $35 advance/$40 at the door. Live circus acts, photo booth, raffle, prizes and more! Info:


April 17-24…Gaylord Restaurant Week! Dinners for $25, lunch $15 at participating restaurants, with some offering two for one pricing and drink specials. Info:


April 17… Mackinaw Memorial Parade fundraiser 4-7pm all you can eat at Audie’s banquet room-Mackinaw City. Adults $12, 10-under $5. Info: 231-436-5578


April 18… Free informational seminar 6:30-7:30 pm at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Topic: Senior Center opportunities. Space is limited, please pre-register: 231-627-3766


April 18…Petoskey Business Expo 5-8pm at Odawa Casino. Features over 80 exhibitors and the Taste of Petoskey. $10 admission. Info:


April 19…Easter Egg Hunt 2pm at the Afton Community Club - Afton. Bring your own basket or bag. Info: 231-238-8803.


April 20…27th Annual Charlevoix Easter Egg Hunt 2-3pm in East Park. Free for kids up to 10. Face painting, hot cocoa, cookies, Easter Bunny and more. Bring your own basket! Info:


April 20…Easter Egg Hunt at Cooperation Park 11am-Indian River. Info:


April 20…Easter Egg Hunt 11-Noon at West Side Community Church – Traverse City. Kids 12 & under welcome. Free. Info:


April 20…Easter Egg Hunt 1-2pm at Memorial Park-Benzonia. Children up to age 12 invited. Info:


April 20…East Egg Hunt 10am at Mineral Springs Park-Frankfort. Info:


April 20…Easter Egg Hunt 11am at Young State Park – Boyne City


April 20…Easter Fun & Games 10a East Jordan Elementary School Gym. Free games, candy, prizes and the Easter Bunny.


April 20…Traverse City Easter Craft & Vendor Show 10a-3p at the Wiliamsburg Event Center. Free. Info:


April 20…Caili Mueller Memorial Tournament starts at noon at Charlevoix High School. 50/50 raffle, home run derby, Easter games for kids, memorial t-shirts available, concessions. Proceeds benefit the Mueller family. (Caili died unexpectedly of a stomach aneurysm) Info: 231-675-9587


April 20…TART Trails Spring Work Bee 10a-noon. Volunteer to get the trails ready for summer. For locations and info: 231-941-4300


April 20…Earth Day Tree Planting 10-2p Bring your family and friends and let’s see if we can plant 1000 trees to accompany those planted last spring. This event is offered at no charge, but pre-registration is requested by calling 231.347.0991 or online at


Week of April 21


April 23…Community Connections Dinner 6-8pm at Grass River Natural Area-Bellaire. Good food, conversation and connection to others interested in place-based education. All participating and interested teachers and community partners of GTSI are welcome to attend with RSVP! Info:


April 24…Cheboygan County Project Connect 3-5p at the Cross in the Woods Family Center-Indian River. Free! Clothing, personal hygiene items, health screenings, housing resources and more. Info: 989-733-6880


April 24…16th Annual Airport After Hours 5:30-7:30pm at Hoppies Landing-Pellston. Info:


April 24… Hard Hats and Hope Banquet at the KofC Hall-Cheboygan. Doors at 4:30, dinner 5-6:30. Raffles, prizes, silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity. $14 adults in advance/$16 at the door, kids 12 & under $6. Info: (231) 597-4663


April 24-27…The Rotary Show 7:30pm at the State Theatre-Traverse City. $15. Skits, music and more with proceeds helping local organizations. Info:


April 25-28 & May 2-4…Little Traverse Civic Theatre presents “Pride & Prejudice” at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Adults $15, Students 18 & under $12. Info:


April 25… Swirl 5:30-7pm at Crooked Tree Arts Center-Petoskey. Enjoy wine, beer, appetizers, live music and art! $15 advance, $20 day of. Info:


April 25-28…National Trout Festival – Kalakska. Parades, carnival, flea market, games and more! Info:


April 26…9th Annual “Instant Wine Cellar” to support the Dolly Parton Imagination Library 6:30-9:30pm at Stafford’s Perry Hotel-Petoskey. Hosted by Char-Em United Way. Food, drinks, entertainment, silent auction and raffle for a chance to win an instant wine cellar. Info: 231-487-1006


April 26…Onaway School Bands Dinner Theatre 5-8pm at Onaway Area Community Schools. Spaghetti dinner fundraiser accompanied by music from band students grades 5-12. Children 3 and under are free. A child ticket (ages 4-9) is $7, ages 10+ need an adult ticket ($10). Info: 989-733-4970


April 26-27…East Jordan Rotary Club Variety Show 7-9pm at East Jordan Middle/High School. Songs, skits, jokes, and fun! Info:


April 26-27…Traverse City Trail Running Festival at Timber Ridge Resort. 5-7p Friday, 6a-3p Sat. A celebration of off-road running. The festival begins on Friday evening with a free kids race and a two-person adult 10k relay. The individual 10K, 25K and 50K runs get underway Saturday morning. Info:


April 27…5K Color Run/Walk to benefit the TACKLE Fund, helping local cancer patients. 9:30-noon starting at the Pavillion downtown Gaylord. Dress in your best costume for prizes. Registration fees vary. Info:


April 27…Recyclesmart Earth Day Event 11-3p at the Grand Traverse Civic Center. Free, fun family event to raise environmental awareness! Learn from our Earth Day partners about recycling, composting, water protection, invasive species, energy conservation and more. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt with prize drawings, fire brush truck, make-and-take eco crafts and much more! Info:


April 27…Celebration for Young Children 11-1p downtown Traverse City. Hands on activity center at the City Opera House, store specials and activities for the little ones, Wings of Wonder, children's artwork displays and more! Free. Info:


April 27…Kids Free Fish Day at Meadow Brook Pond – Bellaire. 9a-3pm. Kids activities, family fun. Info:


April 27…Jeep the Mac! Show your Jeep pride in a celebration that crosses the Mackinac Bridge. A welcome party, trails to ride, special luncheon, prizes and more await participants. Whether you watch the Jeeps as the parade crosses the bridge, or set up your lawn chair on State Street, you will have a front seat on all the action. Staging at Little Bear Area-St. Igance. Info:


April 27…Spring Craft Sale & Soup Lunch 10a-4p at Summit City Grange-Kingsley.


April 27…Otsego Area Family Fun Fair 10a-2p at Gaylord Middle School. A day of activities for kids up to age 8 and their parents. Crafts, music, healthy snacks, games and more. Free. Info:


April 27…Mom 2 Mom Sale 8:30-12:30 at the West Side Community Church-Traverse City. $2 admission. Find great deals on gently used items for kids birth to teens, furniture, toys, books and more! Info: 231-590-5967


April 27…Benefit for Ronald Lee (to help him recover from a recent house fire) starting at 1pm at the Moose Lodge in St. Ignace. Soup, bread, salad dessert, live music at 4pm, silent auction and more. By Donation.


April 27…Spring Craft Sale & Soup Lunch 10a-4pm at Summit City Grange – Kingsley. Info:


April 27…YMCA Healthy Kids Day – Traverse City. Start with a 5K race. Participants will traverse the Buffalo Ridge Trail behind the West YMCA starting at 9:30am & enjoy the Healthy Kids Day festivities upon completion. Inside - Healthy Kids Day will run from 10:00am - 12:00pm. There will be local vendors with games & activities. Info:


April 27…West Bay Beach Clean-up 9a-11a at the Open Space-Traverse City. Meet at the volleyball courts at 9am to enjoy coffee and donuts before helping remove litter and other debris from the beach. Prizes & giveaways. Info: 231-935-1514


April 28…Wine for Whiskers Auction 1-5pm at the Williamsburg Event Center- Acme, to benefit AC Paw. Admission is just $20 per person and one decorated bottle of wine donation for live auction. Your admission includes wine, appetizers and desserts provided by Catering By Kelly's, a keepsake tote bag, a collectible AC PAW wine glass, all mixed with the fun of a live auction! Info:


April 28…Cheboygan County Humane Society Spring Fling 4:30-7pm at the F.O.E. in Cheboygan. Doors open at 4:30; Hors d’oeuvre’s & salad bar at 5; dinner at 5:30. Chinese raffle and music. Tickets $15. Info:


April 29-May 5…Boyne Apetit Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants and other merchants offer delectable specialties with affordable price points for both lunch and dinner. Info:


May 2019


May 1…Cheboygan Food Distrubution noon-2pm at the Black River Full Gospel Church-Cheboygan.  Info: 989-358-4700


May 3…Downtown Art Walk 5-9pm Traverse City. Enjoy a self guided tour at participating shops. Info:


May 3-5…Rivertown Follies present “Fantasy Isle” at the Cheboygan Opera House. Fri/Sat at 7:30, Sun at 2pm. Tickets $14 advance, $15 at the door. Senior special on Sunday only $12. Proceed benefit local charities. Info: 231-627-5432


May 4…3rd Annual Cinco De Mayo Dinner/Dance at the Cheboygan Eagles Hall. Doors open at 5pm, Mexican cuisine served at 6pm. Live music. $20 per ticket, benefits Straits Area Services. Info: 231-627-4319


May 4…Ford Drive for Harbor Springs Baseball 11-3p at the Harbor Springs Little League Fields. Raise money for the Harbor Springs Baseball Program to buy a new scoreboard! Test drive a Ford vehicle of your choice & Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to Harbor Springs Baseball. Brown Motors has also secured a bonus opportunity to earn money – you can do a 2nd test drive in a Ford Edge for an extra $10! Info:


May 4…Fife Lake Spring Craft & Vendor Event 10a-2pm at Hulwick Event Center-Fife Lake. Info: 231-735-4178


May 4…Kentucky Derby Fundraiser Noon-7:30pm at Stiggs Brewery & Kitchen – Boyne City. Bring the whole family and enjoy live music starting at 2pm, a bouncy house for the kids, an interactive 50/50 horse bidding, silent auction, live music and more! Be sure to stick around for the live viewing of the Kentucky Derby (Race Time 6:50pm). Benefits Northern Michigan Equine Therapy. Free admission. Info: 231-497-6100


May 4…10th Annual Mud Sweat & Beers 9am at Mt. Holiday-Traverse City. Adult riders can choose from two different courses (Stout or Pale Ale) and young racers have the opportunity to get out on the trails, too! The Ginger Ale and Root Beer loops are for the kids. Pre-race and post-race festivities are also part of the fun. All proceeds from the event will support Mt. Holiday, the Midwest's only non-profit 501c3 skiing, mountain biking, and frisbee golf area. Info:


May 4…Dafter Spring Craft Event to benefit the volunteer fire department 9a-4pm at the Dafter Township Hall (in the UP, south of the Soo). Silent auction, face painting, BBQ, kids activities, crafters and more! Info: 705-9750955


May 4…Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run 5K 9am starting at the trail head behind Burger King-Mackinaw City. You get showered in safe, Eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer; or you may also do the 1 mile walk. Then enjoy a colorful & magical party afterward immediately following, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky (not to mention all your friends!) in this ultimate celebration of life, friendship, fitness, and fun! Info:


May 4-5…Northern Michigan Chorale presents: “From Broadway to the Silver Screen” featuring popular songs from musicals that made it to the silver screen. Sat 3p & 7:30p, Sun 3p at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts. Info:


May 8…Movie preview & discussion on mental illness and it’s effects on families 6pm at Boyne Mountain-Harbor Springs. The 2019 feature film, Coming Up For Air, a project of the Heartland Independent Film Forum based in Muskegon, Michigan, is a unique opportunity to reach those who can benefit today from readily available treatment. Following a presentation by the film's production team, community mental health experts detail the readily available services that can prevent tragedy and give hope to families everywhere. Free. Info: 231-439-1228


May 11…Lewiston Morel Mushroom Festival 7a-7p. Guided Hunts, Mushroom Tasting, Craft Show downtown in the park, activities at local businesses, vendor presentations and Mushroom Hunter Encampment. Details at


May 14…Harbor Springs Business & Restaurant Expo 3-7pm at Holy Childhood Church-Harbor Springs. $5 admission. Info:


MAY 14..Bellaire Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Auction “Masquerade” 5:30-10p at Shanty Creek Resort. Event includes a fully catered dinner with cash bar, Live & Silent auctions, Tower of Gifts Raffle, and the annual community awards presentation.  The proceeds from the auction are used to help finance community-based programs and events. Info:


May 15…12th Annual Ride of Silence 6:30-8pm start and finish at the Harbor Master parking lot, downtown Harbor Springs. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Free, helmets are required. Info:


May 16-17…ASIST Workshop 8a-4:30pm both days at Walloon Lake Community Church. Two-day workshop in suicide intervention skills. Free. Must pre-register and attend both days. Info: 231-675-5047


May 16… Free informational seminar 6:30-7:30 pm at Northshore Community Church-Cheboygan. Topic: Will, Trusts & Probate Court. Space is limited, please pre-register: 231-627-3766


May 16-19…National Morel Festival – Boyne City. Carnival, craft show, live music, open mic contest, 5K run and more! Info:


May 18…St. Ignace Rock & Run ½ Marathon/5K Run Walk. Proceeds benefit the Mackinac Straits Health Foundation. Info:


May 18…Girls on the Run Sunrise Side Color Me Awesome 5K 10am at Lakeside Park-Rogers City. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund. Registration $30 before April 24th. Info: 989-358-7970


May 18…10th Annual Tails to Trails 5K 9am VASA Pathway. Proceeds benefit the TART Trails. $20 person/$40 family until May 12 $25 person/$50 family after May 12. Info:


May 18-19…Annual Zoo-De-Mack. Ride your bicycle 51 miles from Boyne Highlands to Mackinaw City through the Tunnel of Trees and Cross Village. Info:


May 19…2nd Annual Benefit for Cherryland Humane Society 4-7pm at Visions Weddings & Banquet-Traverse City. Live music, live & silent auction and small plates from TC venues. $50 in advance, $55 at the door. Info: 231-944-1944


May 25…Elk Rapids Arts & Crafts Show 10-4p on River Street. More than 70 artisans will display, sell and demonstrate their work. Info: 231-264-8202


May 25…Northport Cars in the Park 10a-3:30p Haserot Park. Enjoy the wide variety of cars - from pre-war to modern, both stock and modified, foreign and domestic. Info:


May 27…East Jordan Memorial Day Parade 10:45. Info:




Wawatam Area Senior Center offers senior meals Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sunday for ages 55+ for just $3.50. Info: 231-436-5323


Every Monday starting Jan 7, the Wawatam Area Senior Center will have cribbage starting at 1:30, through March. Info: 627-4926


Help is available for Michigan homeowners to avoid foreclosure through Step Forward Michigan. Questions, call Lindsey 231-582-6436


TFN…Openings are available in the NEMCSA Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Volunteer Programs. Applicants must be over 55, income eligible and have reliable transportation. Info: 877-222-9043


Northern Care Center is a free medical center for the Cheboygan community that is struggling for health care.  Please call to schedule an appointment at 231-333-3019. They are located on the corner of State and Water Street in Cheboygan. Walk in clinic 1 & 3rd Tuesday, 10am register by 4pm.


Ongoing: Raven Hill Discovery Center opens to families for free the second Saturday each month. No groups or organizations. Open noon-4 p.m. Raven Hill is located at 4737 Fuller Rd., East Jordan. (231) 536-3369 or


Ongoing…The Cheboygan Parkinson Support Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at 1pm (starting in August) at the Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan, 3rd Floor Conference room. Free to attend. For more info: 231-445-1595


Every Monday the Indian River Kiwanis Club meets at pm at Vivio’s Restaurant. The public is invited. Info: 231-290-0044


Ongoing…First & 3rd Friday each month 6:30-8:30 Dance Class at the Area Seniors Inc Activity Center on Maple St-Bellaire. Learn and practice ballroom dance steps like the Waltz, Two-step, and Swing. Join in on Contra and Square Dances too. No experience. $5.


TFN…Second Tuesday of every month – Cancer support group meets at the Salvation Army community room in Cheboygan at 7pm. Info: 231-537-2277


TFN…First Thursday of every month- Learn the medical aspects of cannabis 6:30-7:30p at the Cheboygan Library.


TFN…Every Thursday, learn Swing Dancing at the Cheboygan Carnegie. 5:30-7:30. Free. Info: 231-420-6665


TFN…Every  Saturday 10a-2pm Indoor Farmers Market at the Village at Grand Traverse Common-Traverse City. Free admission. Great local fare, Farm fresh eggs, fish, meats, milk, and cheese; fruits and veggies; homemade breads, pasta, and sweet treats; honey, preserves, maple syrup and MORE!. Info:


TFN…The Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan would like to remind you that screening and early detection of breast and cervical cancer saves lives.  Visit today.


TFN…Free arts & crafts for all school aged kids from noon-3pm on the second Saturday of the month at the Gaylord Area Council for the Arts. Offering fun and original projects for each session. 125 E. Main-Gaylord. Info: 989-732-3242


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